Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Transcultural Nursing

Publisher

Sage

School

School of Nursing and Midwifery

RAS ID

32437

Funders

Edith Cowan University - Open Access Support Scheme 2020

Comments

Adama, E. A., Sundin, D., & Bayes, S. (2020). Sociocultural Practices Affecting the Care of Preterm Infants in the Ghanaian Community. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Article 1043659620975098.

https://doi.org/10.1177/1043659620975098

Abstract

Introduction

Although culture is an integral part of health, there is scarcity of evidence on the influence of culture on caregiving experiences of parents of preterm infants. The aim of this study was to explore the influence of sociocultural practices on caring for preterm infants in the Ghanaian community.

Method

Narrative inquiry was utilized to explore the influence of sociocultural practices on the care of preterm infants from 21 mothers, 9 fathers, and 12 household members. Data were collected through face-to-face semistructured interviews and observations at participants’ homes.

Results

Analysis of data resulted in three threads/themes—respect for the elderly, use of herbal medicines, and communal living.

Discussion

Community and extended family members have great influence on the care of preterm infants. Traditional herbal medicines are considered effective in treating traditional illnesses among preterm infants. Understanding the influence of culture on the care of vulnerable preterm infants in the community is essential in developing interventions for infant survival.

DOI

10.1177/1043659620975098

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Individual, economic, organisational, political and social transformation

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